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GFA Senior Trophy
Cheltenham Town
7:45 PM
Sat 26th January
Evo-Stik South Div 1 South
Barnstaple Town
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Mon 28th January
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Slimbridge (U18)
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Slimbridge 4-3 Bideford
Saturday 21st April
Swans are safe after taking the points off hardworking Bideford themselves chasing a playoff place at the top of the table.

An early chance for the Swans on 8 minutes, the ball fell to Jamie Martin on the right playing in Edjidjia Mbunga who got a shot away from a narrow angle that the visiting keeper Steve Oliver turned round the post.  The corner was swung in by Birkett and cleared to Marley Thomas but his shot was saved by Oliver.

Bideford were awarded a penalty on 15 minutes, Jamie Martin tripping Ben Seymour as he ran into the box.  Seymour expertly dispatched the penalty despite Adam Thomas diving the right way.  Thomas did well to punch away a Bideford corner on 24 minutes, swung in under the cross bar at the near post.  In the process Thomas suffered a suspected broken thumb, after treatment he bravely continued.

Slimbridge failed to let the goal unsettle them as they continued to try and hit the visitors on the break, on 32 minutes Jamie Martin won a corner after his cross was turned behind.  Birkett’s pin point corner found the unmarked Sam Turl at the far post heading home the Swans equaliser.

Marley Thomas put in a great cross into the box which was controlled by Martin but his shot sailed over the bar.  Ian Sampson tried a speculative shot from 30 yards five minutes from the end of the half but could only find the car park behind the goal.  As the game entered injury time Martin and Mbunga linked up on the right with Mbunga’s shot turned around the post by keeper Oliver.

The Swans came out for the second half with serious intent, with only 48 minutes on the clock Dean Turners fierce shot was parried by Oliver in the visitors goal for Marley Thomas to steam in an bury the ball into the net to give the home side the lead.

Korey Pring was called into action lunging to block a shot destined for a goal at the near post clearing the danger for a visitor’s corner.  On 60 minutes the visitors gained another corner, this time Kevin Squire rose unchallenged at the back to bring the score level again.  Ten minutes later while under a serious spell of pressure from Bideford who were piling players forward Adam Thomas was forced into a save on the goal line.

The Swans retook the lead on 72 minutes, Birkett’s free kick on the left was played over the top to Martin on the right who in-turn fired across the goal for Turner to nod in at the far post.  Five minutes later substitute Adam Mace cross from the left to Marley Thomas whose shot from the right almost crept in at the near post.  The hard working Mbunga almost got on the score sheet his shot well saved by Oliver and cleared away as he ran in to follow up.

With ten minutes of the game remaining The Swans increased their lead with a well worked team move Marley Thomas on the right sending a cross field ball to Mace on the edge of the box who as he drew the keeper squared right to the on rushing Birkett to drive the ball home.

Bideford who never stopped working hard all game pulled a goal back a minute later, Adam Thomas failing to connect cleanly with a corner the ball ending up in the back of the net.

With both Bishops Cleeve and Barnstaple Town failing to win, Slimbridge are now mathematically safe from relegation and live to fight another season in the Southern League with two games remaining.

Slimbridge: A Thomas, Turl, L Payne, Pring, Twyman, Turner, Ward, Birkett, Mbunga, Martin (Mace 75), Thomas

Attendance: 98

Supporter’s man of the match: Dean Turner
Cinderford Town 9-0 Slimbridge
Friday 20th April
Slimbridge failed to handle the pace and organisation of a very well drilled Cinderford side that could easily have finished on double figures.

Early on Slimbridge had a half chance Jamie Martin getting on the end of a Marley Thomas cross but his tame shot was held easily by the home keeper Cameron Clarke.  Clarke launched the ball downfield to Robbie Atkinson’s whose 20 yard effort hit the back of the net to give the home side the lead with 4 minutes on the clock.

2 minutes later Atkinson made it two nil slicing through the middle of the Slimbridge defence and keeper Ollie Hall for an easy tap in to an empty net.  The Swans almost pulled a goal back Clarke forced into a point blank save from a Sam Turl header.

The third goal came on 16 minutes Richard Greave heading home unchallenged at the back post from a corner.  Cinderford now dominating the game added a fourth five minutes from the end of the first half, Craig Norman the scorer having sliced through the Swans defence.

Jamie Martin put a long range shot just wide early in the second half as the Swans tried to restore some pride in the scoreline.  A fifth goal for the home side came on 56 minutes substitute Lewis Bamford getting on the end of a neat passing move to slot past Hall.

Two minutes later Bamford scored his second after Hall initially save his shot but Bamford reached the ball first to tap in at the far post.  On 62 minutes Cinderford were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Swans goal area, Lorcan Sheehan duley stepped up to fire in the top left corner to make it 7. With only 5 minutes left Nick Rhodes slotted home from inside the box from a corner to recvord the home sides eighth goal.  Bamford completed the scoring and his hatrick in the final minute with a shot from the right of the Slimbridge box.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, L Payne, Ponting (Squires 58), Twyman, Turner, Mannings (Ward 60), Birkett, J Martin, Mace (Driver-Dikerson 85), Thomas

Yate Town 1-1 Slimbridge
Sunday 15th April
Slimbridge claim point away from home despite dominating much of the game and missing a host of chances. 

Slimbridge started the game with confidence on the back of Thursday night’s win at home, Ollie Hall returned in goal despite not being fully fit after missing Thursdays game with tonsillitis. Jenson Mannings started in midfield with the dependable Jamie Martin taking the place of the absent Sean Lawson up front.

It was Mannings who had the first sight of goal, clipping his shot wide after some good play by the industrious Edjidja Mbunga.  Mannings made a great tackle on the edge of his own box, feeding the ball to Marley Thomas on the wing before laying it off the Mbunga who raced through with the only Yate keeper Harvey Rivers to beat but his shot just cleared the bar.

On 15 minutes the Slimbridge defence was under pressure with a mix up between Sam Turl and Ollie Hall almost allowing the home side an open scoring opportunity however Hall managed to clear the ball up field.  From the resulting clearance Jamie Martin picked up the ball beating a Yate defender on the right cutting in and placing the ball past the advancing Rivers to give the Swans the lead.

Ten minutes later Martin’s pass to Henry Birkett in the middle resulted in Birkett’s shot sailing over from 25 yards.  On the half hour, Dean Tuner was on hand to head away a dangerous cross into the Slimbridge box as Yate tried to find an equaliser.

At the other end a pin point cross from Thomas on the left was knocked out by the home defence at the far post, the resulting corner was cleared.  On 35 minutes Martin picked up a yellow card for a late challenge, from which Yate had a great chance to pull one back, Steve Davies getting his head to the free kick but floated narrowly over Halls bar.

On the stroke of half time Trey Andersons cross from the right evaded everyone in the box and out for a goal kick.

Yate started the second half brightly, former Swan Ross Langworthy breaking down the right his cross was punched clear by Hall under pressure from Anderson who had moved into a strikers role with Yate losing Ben Brokes to injury just before half time.

A free kick from Birkett was easily gathered by Rivers followed a few minutes later by Martins long range shot which Rivers held.  With 55 minutes gone there was a moment of controversy from Referee Mr Cockle, Thomas fed a delightful ball into the box to Mbunga, who appeared to be tripped as he attempted to take a clear shot on goal but no foul was given despite protests from the visiting bench.

Yate still in search of a goal had a strong spell of possession Adam Price shooting over from 25 yards and Anderson hitting his shot wide.  Davies managed to get on the end of a long range free kick but his header fell directly to Hall.  Anderson then just failed to reach Langworthy’s cross from the left again Hall on hand to claim.

On 70 minutes Slimbridge had two glorious chances to kill the game off.  Mbunga beat the keeper and two home defenders in the box, rather than shooting from a narrow angle on the byline he dragged the ball back into the box and his fierce shot cannoned off the underside of the bar and was cleared to safety.  Thomas followed up a minute later with a driving shot that the tipped onto the post by Rivers.  As the game swung end to end, Hall kicked clear as Davies overran the ball as he bore down on goal.  Martins pass down the right to Mbunga whose shot was blocked the ball then fell to Turner who’s follow up shot just skimmed wide of the far post.

Yate did however punish the Swans for failure to convert their chances on 77 minutes, Price picking up the ball 20 yards out and his well-placed chip over Hall dipping under the bar and into the net to equalise.  

The home side now in the ascendancy for the last 10 minutes pressed for a winner as the Slimbridge players started to tire playing their second game in 3 days.  Korey Pring having a solid performance in the back four managed to advert a dangerous cross in the box out for a corner from which two more corners followed and shot wide from Nick Peare.

With only four games left of the season, today’s performance should be enough to see Slimbridge almost safe from relegation.  Next up is the rearranged derby game at Cinderford Town on Thursday at the Causeway before the last home match of the current campaign next Saturday when playoff chasing Bideford visit Thornhill Park.

Slimbridge: Hall, Turl, L Payne, Pring, Twyman, Turner, Mannings (Ward 80), Birkett, Mbunga, Martin, Thomas

Supporter’s man of the match: Jenson Mannings

The relegation run in
Sunday 15th April

With only 2 weeks to go, the games left for those battling relegation are:

Paulton RoversShortwood UnitedSlimbridgeNorth LeighBarnstaple TownBishops Cleeve
Tue 17 AprNorth Leigh AWimborne Town HPaulton Rovers HCinderford A
Thu 19 AprBishops Cleeve AEvesham HCinderford ABideford APaulton Rovers H
Sat 21 AprYate HBarnstaple Town ABideford HWinchester City AShortwood HSwindon Supermarine H
Tue 24 AprWimborne Town ABishops Cleeve HTaunton Town ABarnstaple ANorth Leigh HShortwood United A
Thu 26 AprKidlington ADidcot Town H
Sat 28 AprDidcot Town ACirencester Town HWimborne Town ALarkhall Athletic HSwindon Supermarine AYate Town A
Mon 30 AprKidlington HCinderford Town H
Wed 2 MayCinderford Town A
Slimbridge 4-2 Larkhall Athletic
Friday 13th April
Swans defeat the Larks despite the visitors late comeback

Slimbridge took a big step towards safety from relegation in the Southern League South, West last night defeating local rivals Larkhall Athletic in an entertaining game of football.  Slimbridge lead by three goals midway through the second half when Larkhall scored two goals in a minute to set up a tense final 10 minutes before super sub Jamie Martin nodded home in injury time to give the Swans a vital 3 points to leapfrog Barnstaple Town and give themselves a 10 point cushion over bottom side Bishops Cleeve.

Larkhall were first out of the blocks dominating the first 7-8 minutes of the game, Alex Lambert breaking on the right flank but his cross floated over the bar and out for a goal kick.  A few moments later Aysa Corrick floated in a dangerous cross but Korey Pring was on hand to cut the ball out with a number of Larkhall players rushing to get on the end of it.  Corrick then fired wide from Mason Winters cross from the left,  before Kailan Gould got his head to a long range free kick which was gathered safely by Adam Thomas filling in for the absent Ollie Hall.  The first half chance for Slimbridge came on 8 minutes, Henry Birkett hitting a long range shot over the bar.

However Slimbridge took the lead on 11 minutes, a well worked move from the midfield saw a pin point through ball to Marley Thomas who slotted past Shaun Semmens in the visitors goal.  Seven minutes later Edjidja Mbunga burst through the visitors defence but his shot was save by Semmens legs, Thomas then followed up with the keeper making a second save but unwittingly gave the ball back to Thomas who made no mistake a second time poking into an empty net.

Mbunga almost got through the defence a minute later requiring George King to make a last ditch tackle to stop the Swans front man.  On 25 minutes home keeper Thomas came to the rescue punching clear a long range free kick floated dangerously into the Swans box.

Corrick should have got on the score sheet just after the half hour mark, he skipped past Sam Turl on the left but failed to control the ball as he entered the box with just the keeper to beat, fortunately Thomas gathered safely.  A few minutes later Jack Twyman gave away a free kick on the right edge of the box, and it was Twyman that cleared the free kick giving the visitors a corner, which was turned behind giving the visitors a second corner which was cleared by the home defence.

Greg Peel almost pull a goal back, his turn and shot from 25 yards just creeping wide, before home keeper Thomas was called into action saving Corricks drive with his legs in the dying moments of the first half.

An even start to the second half saw Lamberts cross into the Swans box missing everyone and out for a goal kick.  At the other end Mbunga found the car park with his shot after bursting through down the right flank.  The Swans increased their lead on 52 minutes, Sean Lawson was fouled out on the right of the box, Birkett stepped up from a narrow angle to blast the ball into the roof of the net with the visiting defence looking shell shocked.

Five minutes later it should have been four, Mbunga’s pass to Birkett and subsequent pass out to Thomas on the right had the Larks defence pull out of position. Unfortunately Thomas’s delightful lob beat the visitors keeper but cannoned back off the bar and out to safety.

An injury to Birkett on 61 minutes saw him  replaced by managed Fred Ward, a straight replacement in the middle of the park.  The game contuined to flow with both sides in search of a goal, Lambert shooting just over from the right while Thomas hit the side netting from close range and Mbunga firing straight at Semmens after a great through ball from Turl.

The visitors made a breakthrough on 79 minutes, Greg Peel sending in a delicate chip over Adam Thomas to score.  A minute later Peel acted as provider to Lambert whose close range shot past the home keeper reducing the deficit to one.  A nervy final 10 minutes ensued, Larkhall camping themselves in the Slimbridge half for much of the time.  Lamberts shot was deflected wide and out for a corner.  The resulting corner causing havoc in the home penalty area with keeper Thomas dropping the ball but the home defence managed to clear much to the relief of the home support.

As the game entered injury time, Peel’s shot from 20 yards sailed over an empty net with the home keeper stranded at the front of the goal area should have sealed a remarkable late comeback.  However Slimbridge did manage to settle the nerves 3 minutes into injury time, Marley Thomas burst down the left flank from within his own half sending in a cross from the by-line.  Substitute Jamie Martin who had only just entered the game 4 minutes earlier appeared to overrun the ball however managed to stoop down and get his head onto the end of the cross to score.

Slimbridge: A Thomas, Turl, L Payne, Pring, Twyman, D Turner, M Turner, Birkett (Ward 63), Mbunga (Martin 89), Lawson, M Thomas

Attendance 91

Man of the match: Marley Thomas
Larkhall match - Game ON
Thursday 12th April
Tonight's home game against Larkhall Athletic is ON as the pitch has been deemed fit to play on.

Date changes
Wednesday 11th April
We will now travel to Cinderford Town on April 19th, and our postponed game from last night against Taunton Town will now take place on April 24th.
Rearranged Cinderford game
Tuesday 10th April
Our league game at Cinderford has been rearranged for Monday 23rd April at 7:45pm